• Anaesthetic implications of laparoscopic splenectomy in patients with sickle cell anaemia.

      Doodnath, R.; Gillick, J.; Doherty, P.; Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12. rdoodnath@gmail.com (2010-04)
      With the increasing immigrant population in the Republic of Ireland, the number of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) seen in the paediatric hospitals is climbing. In this case report, we review the anaesthetic implications and outcome of the first two paediatric patients with SCD to have a laparoscopic splenectomy due to repeated splenic infarcts in the Republic of Ireland.
    • Laparoscopic nephrectomy: initial experience with 120 cases.

      Cheema, I A; Manecksha, R P; Murphy, M; Flynn, R; Urology Department, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24. ijazacheema@hotmail.com (2010-02)
      Laparoscopic nephrectomy for both benign and malignant diseases of kidney is increasingly being performed. We report our experience with the first 120 consecutive laparoscopic nephrectomy performed in our hospital. It is the retrospective analysis of a prospectively maintained database of 4 years period. The parameters examined included age, gender, indications, operative time, blood loss, intraoperative and post operative complications. Mean age of surgery was 59 years (rang 19-84years). The indications for surgery included solid renal masses (71 patients), non-functioning kidneys (43), and collecting system tumours (6). The mean operating time was 132 minutes (range 75-270), average blood loss was 209 ml (range 0-1090) and average hospital stay was 4.7days (range 2-20). Bleeding, bowel injury and poor progression of laparoscopic procedure were the reasons in 7 (5.8%) cases converted to open surgery. There was 1 (0.8%) perioperative mortality. Eight (6.6%) patients developed post operative complications. Laparoscopic nephrectomy has inherent benefits and may be considered an alternate therapeutic option for kidney diseases with acceptable morbidity
    • Laparoscopic pyeloplasty.

      Cheema, I A; Manecksha, R P; Flynn, R (2010-01)
      We report our results and short term follow up of transperitoneal laparoscopic pyeloplasty for pelvi-ureteric junction (PUJ) obstruction. We have prospectively maintained a database to document our initial experience of 54 laparoscopic pyeloplasty. All procedures were carried out by one surgeon through a transperitoneal approach. The data extends from April 2005 to September 2008 and reports operative time, blood loss, complications, hospital stay, short term follow-up on symptomatic and radiological outcome. Fifty-four procedures were performed during the study period. Mean patient age was 29 years. Mean operating time was 133 minutes (range 65-300 minutes), and mean blood loss was 45 ml (range 20-300 ml). No intra operative complication occurred. Neither blood transfusion nor conversion to open surgery was required. Postoperative mean hospital stay was 3.4 days (range 3-14 days). There were 3 anastomotic leakages; 2 in the immediate postoperative period and 1 following removal of stent. They all required percutaneous drainage and prolonged stenting. Overall 47 (87%) patients have symptomatic relief and resolution of obstruction on renogram. Four (7%) patients developed recurrence. Three (5.5%) patients had symptomatic relief but have a persistent obstructive renogram. Laparoscopic pyeloplasty is an effective alternative treatment for symptomatic pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction. The results appear comparable to open pyeloplasty with decreased postoperative morbidity.
    • Successful outcome of sphincterotomy and 7 French pigtail stent insertion in the management of post-cholecystectomy bile leaks.

      Donnellan, Fergal; Zeb, Faisal; Courtney, Garry; Aftab, Abdur R; Department of Gastroenterology, St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny, Ireland. fdonnellan77@hotmail.com. (2009-06)
      BACKGROUND: Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is widely used to manage post-cholecystectomy bile leaks. However, the best endoscopic intervention remains controversial. We investigated the success of a 7 French double pigtail stent following sphincterotomy in the management of such bile leaks. METHODS: Between July 1998 and June 2008, 48 patients were referred for ERCP for presumed post-cholecystectomy bile leaks. Leaks were confirmed at ERCP and managed by a combination of sphincterotomy and stent insertion unless contraindicated. RESULTS: Bile duct cannulation was successful in 44 (91.7%) patients. A leak of the cystic duct was demonstrated in 19 (43.2%) patients, the duct of Luschka in 11 (25.0%), and the common hepatic duct in 5 (11.4%). Complete transection of the common bile duct occurred in 4 patients. The remaining patients had no cholangiographic evidence of a leak. Sphincterotomy was performed in 34 patients. A 7 French double pigtail plastic stent was placed in all 35 patients with cholangiographic evidence of a bile leak. No bile leaks were demonstrated at a follow-up of 8-16 weeks and all stents were removed successfully. CONCLUSION: The combination of sphincterotomy and insertion of a 7 French double pigtail stent results in excellent outcomes in the management of post-cholecystectomy bile leaks.